Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Art of Suggesting Books

How do you know when Baldacci is a better match for a Grisham legal-thriller reader than Turow? The answer is appeal. Readers’ advisory pioneer Joyce Saricks created an appeal vocabulary to help her and her staff find the best books to suggest to the readers at the Downers Grove (IL) Public Library. Learn how you can use storyline, pacing, characterization, frame/setting, style/language and mood/tone to find the books that are just right for your readers.

Fiction Librarian Jen Baker will discuss how she uses appeal in her work with readers everyday at the Seattle Public Library and Victoria Caplinger from NoveList will demonstrate how NoveList is bringing appeal terms to the profession’s most used readers’ advisory resource.

Victoria Caplinger, an adult fiction cataloger at NoveList, leads the team of library professionals who are adding appeal terms to the NoveList database.

Joyce Saricks is the author of several books on readers’ advisory including The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction (ALA, 2009). She is a nationally recognized teacher and consultant on readers’ advisory topics and a recipient of the Allie Beth Martin Award from the Public Library Association.

Moderator: Duncan Smith, NoveList creator and co-founder, received the Margaret Monroe Award for Library Adult Services from RUSA for his work on NoveList and research in the area of readers and reading. His latest article “Your Brain on Fiction,” appeared in Reference and User Services Quarterly (Fall 2009).

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